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The UK’s leading regeneration specialist St. Modwen has been granted outline planning permission for a major project in Openshaw, east Manchester.

The £20 million scheme will redevelop a 10-acre site, previously occupied by train manufacturer GEC Alstom, with 161 new family homes including detached and semi-detached houses.

St. Modwen has worked closely with New East Manchester to evolve the scheme as part of the wider regeneration strategy for the area. The approved plans will be delivered to complement the adjacent, emerging district centre which is anchored by a Morrison’s supermarket and will provide a mixture of retail, leisure and office space.

Michelle Taylor, regional director at St. Modwen, said: “Openshaw is benefitting from significant investment and our approved plans will build upon recent regeneration initiatives at Toxteth Street and Ashton Old Road.

“We are maintaining employment on the site in the short to medium term and in due course we will deliver a diverse range of much-needed, modern housing to complement the other forthcoming regeneration schemes in the area”.